As millions prepare to head back to school, we thought we should offer some waste management suggestions for parents, students and educators, and practical tips to make this school year more sustainable by reducing, reusing and recycling right, both in and out of the classroom.
Back to school season is the perfect time to incorporate eco-friendly practices into our daily routine that can have a lasting positive impact on the environment. We can all do our part to make this school year the greenest ever.
Tips to earn an A+ in sustainability this school year include:
Ditch those disposable bags and pack lunches in reusable containers
Make the grade by purchasing school supplies made from recycled materials
As you make room in the closet for all the latest back to school fashions, consider donating unused items to a local charity
When upgrading to the latest computer, tablet or phone, recycle your old device properly or consider donating it to a local non-profit – electronics should never be placed in the trash or recycling
Place clearly marked recycling containers in common areas at school, home and work.
Help others to do the right thing – if you know where or how to recycle something and someone else doesn’t, share the information and help us all to improve!
Make sure you know and teach others the three basic rules of recycling, both in and outside the classroom:
1) Recycle bottles, cans and paper. There are some fantastic statistics around that show the benefits of recycling. Less trees cut down. Less water used from the environment. Less fossil fuels burned to make electricity to make more metal. The list is incredible. More on that in another post!
2) Keep food and liquids out of the recycling – foods can be composted
3) Keep plastic bags out of the recycling. Plastic bags can clog sorting machinery, as well as wreak havoc in the environment. That’s why these are progressively being banned around the world.
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